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Marathon math

Anybody running the Marine Corps Marathon this Sunday?

Judy Laufman in Vienna, Virginia, undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, will be running in the up coming Marine Corp Marathon. (Joel Richardson - For the Washington Post )

Of course you are: Thousands have registered. If you're among them, you might want to take a look at this study that, among other things, helps you avoid "the bonk" by calculating exactly how many carbs you should load to fuel your fastest footwork. (The article itself, by Boston marathoner/electrical engineering grad student/med student Ben Rapaport, is pretty heavy lifting; here's a good boil-down of some key points.) Carbohydrates are vital sources of energy for athletes (and the rest of us), and eating enough (and the right kinds) of them are essential to keeping you fueled for the long haul.

Want more racing tips? Here's a handy guide to the differences between a runner who's well prepared for a marathon and one who's not. And, if you need added inspiration, check out the latest MisFits column.

Good luck, runners. You're all winners in my book, just for strapping on your sneakers.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 28, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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